• Class of 2018

  • Major, MinorPsychology, Theology

Michael changed his major three times during his first year before he declared psychology: "I thought psychology would best prepare me to serve others and promote social justice, emotional well-being, and mental health," says the senior from Massachusetts who later added a minor in theology. "My professors and mentors have always encouraged me to look for a deeper meaning and consider various possibilities," he says. "They have sharpened my critical thinking skills, writing abilities, and allowed me to explore topics of justice and ethics as I prepare to graduate into a world so in need of moral leaders." Early on in his time at Loyola, Michael attended a Pre-Fall Program through Campus Ministry. He began working in the office during his sophomore year, and this year he is serving as the coordinator for Loyola's Kairos Retreat and is the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) Program intern. Michael's future plans are to attend graduate school, and he has already started applying to programs. He hopes to pursue a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology so that he can one day treat patients, teach, conduct socially relevant research, and advocate in the legal system.

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My time at Loyola has taught me to ask the difficult questions, challenge the status quo, but most of all, to discern. Discernment, for me, is a tool I will carry with me long after graduation as I navigate career paths, professional challenges, family life, and civic engagement.

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